Chesterfield manager Gary Caldwell gave an honest assessment of the Spireites' 5-1 defeat away at Crewe Alexandra yesterday.
It was the third consecutive away defeat for the Spireites this term and leaves them in 23rd position in Sky Bet League Two.
Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Caldwell said: “'Embarrassing' is the word that I’d use to describe it.
“I will ultimately take responsibility for it, but I think that the players have to stand up and be counted.
“We didn’t track runs, we didn’t tackle, head it, we gave up almost in the second half and I will carry the can for it but I hope the players will have a look at themselves.”
Chris Porter opened the scoring in the sixth minute for the home side and then scored two minutes after the restart to double the Railwaymen’s advantage.
Two further goals from Perry Ng and George Cooper made it 4-0 before an Eddie Nolan own goal gave the Spireites a consolation. Crewe substitute Callum Ainley then wrapped up the scoring in the 81st minute.
Caldwell admitted that while all of the goals came from Chesterfield mistakes, the team also did themselves no favours by not defending properly in the aftermath.
“I thought we took 25 minutes to get started in the game after giving them a silly goal to start with and when we got into the game it looked like we could pass and create problems," he said.
“We started the second half well, but when you give teams the goals we’re giving them and make it easy for them then you aren’t going to win any games and we’ve only got ourselves to blame.
“They came from our mistakes but you have to defend! Crewe made mistakes when they tried to pass the ball, but they defended properly.”
Next up for the Spireites is a trip to the Weston Homes Stadium on Tuesday evening, to take on Colchester United.
And after a heavy defeat in South Cheshire, Caldwell has confirmed that he will be making changes for the game.
He added: “We need players to stand up and there will be changes for that game. The players who are in now aren’t doing it so we’ll have to make changes.”